Teachers miss both good, bad of students with remote


Kent Frankfother

Ms. Rohde teaches to famous cardboard cut-outs in lieu of her missing students. Ms. Doogan produced the cut-outs for Ms. Rohde in her graphic arts class.

Velia Flores , reporter

What do teachers miss the most about not seeing students in person every day?  Everything.

According to WeAreTeachers.com, teachers miss the daily routines of the classroom, teachable moments, hearing student voices “even if it was a little too often,” students’ silliness and personalities, being in a busy school with kids and colleagues — basically everything.   (Well, almost everything:  grading was mentioned.)

“I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss telling students to put their phones away, stop chatting, and stay on task. It’s the classroom management stuff that I guess really makes you realize the humanity of our students,” journalism teacher Kent Frankfother said

For other teachers, it’s the social conversations between teachers and students that are missed.

“(I miss the) general interactions with kids, joking around, and just getting to know them — instead of just grades,” science teacher Mr. Jonathan Depke said.

The teachers also miss students’ feedback to questions and opinions.

“I cannot see directly if students are ‘getting it’ or even paying attention,” math teacher Mr. Doug Pearson said.

Teachers miss engaging with their students.

“I miss talking to my students, engaging with them, and getting to know them,”  health teacher Mr. Luis Romo said.

They even miss the annoying things.

“I miss repeating instructions over and over, and just when you think everyone has got it, you get the ‘I’m confused.  What are we doing?’ from that one student,” journalism teacher Kent Frankfother said.